Date & Time 
Thursday, October 8, 2009 - 8:20am
Event Description 

What: The Women's Studies Department presents Minal Hajratwala, author, performer and activist whose classroom
visits have been called "spellbinding" and "deeply engaging." She will discuss her acclaimed book "Leaving India: My Family Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents"

Who: Minal Hajratwala spent seven years researching and
writing LEAVING INDIA, traveling the world to interview more than
75 members of her extended family. Her creative work has
appeared in numerous journals, anthologies and theater spaces, and
has received recognition and support from the Sundance Institute, the
Jon Sims Center for the Arts, the SerpentSource Foundation and the
Hedgebrook writing retreat for women,
where she currently serves on
the Alumnae20 Leadership Council. Her one-woman show, "Avatars: Gods for
a New Millennium," was commissioned by the Asian Art Museum of San
Francisco for World AIDS Day in 1999. As a journalist, she worked at
the San Jose Mercury News for eight years, was a board member of the
National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, and was a National
Arts Journalism Program fellow at Columbia University's Graduate
School of Journalism in 2000-01. She is a graduate of Stanford
University.

When: Thursday, October 8, from 7-9 p.m.

Where: Hagerty Lounge, De La Salle Hall, Saint Mary's College of California, 1928 St. Mary's Rd., Moraga

Open to SMC students, staff and faculty

Contact: Denise Witzig, Coordinator, Women's Studies Program; dwitzig@sytmarys-ca.edu.

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